updated 03:05 pm EDT, Wed March 12, 2008
EOS-5D Mk. II specs leaked
Specifications for the successor to Canon's pro-level EOS-5D camera have been leaked, an undisclosed source claims. The Mk. II allegedly features a new, 15.3-megapixel CMOS sensor, one that may in fact be superior to those used in Canon's top-level 1D Mk. III series; this is due to an improved sensitivity, which may capture as much as two stops' worth of extra detail while simultaneously producing less noise. The 1D cameras may, in fact, only be superior in terms of buffer, autofocusing and framerate, though these are important to professionals. The 5D Mk. II is expected to shoot in a 6fps burst slowing to 3fps.
The camera is also said to be aiming for the low-light capabilities of Nikon's D3, with a maximum normal sensitivity of ISO 12,800, which can be pushed to 25,600 if necessary. Other features are said to include a three-inch LCD with Live View, and the full weather sealing of the 1D cameras. A launch is anticipated on June 2nd for $3,499; a formal announcement may be made on April 22nd. [via Digital Photography Review Forums]